Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid | Reviewed by Michelle


Daisy Jones & the Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid | Ballantine Books | Pub: 3/5/19 

“You don’t understand me. You expect me to be someone I’m not.”

“You never loved me the way I loved you.”

I will start by saying, I had NO intentions of ever reading this book. Historical fiction wasn’t something I ever felt like I liked. Reading about rock stars never really seemed that intriguing to me. The way it had been described to me previously made it seem very Almost Famous to me. But my two best friends both said they loved it, so I decided to give it a go. I am so glad I did because I think it may be my favorite book I have ever read. (as of right now)

Daisy Jones & the Six is a book about a rock and roll band in the seventies and it is told in an interview type format. It’s got the sex, the drugs, the rock and roll and then it has all the behind the scenes.

For a majority of the book, I HATED Daisy and I HATED Billy. Two people who thought everything should go their way when truthfully, neither of them deserved for anything to go their way. The building of the relationships between the members of the band was a masterpiece. Taylor Jenkins Reid really made you feel like these people were REAL people. And none of these people were perfect. All of their flaws right out on the table. Just relatable people going through relatable things… heart ache, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, depression. So raw.

I got to this point towards the end of the book and I finally liked Daisy and I finally liked Billy and as I am reading this part, I just stopped breathing. I could feel my heart shattering. Then you read the section One Last Thing Before I Go, and I shattered some more.

Starting off 2021 with this book was one of the greatest choices I could have made. So, thank you April & Natalie for encouraging me to do so. This book will be one I recommend to everyone and one I will probably buy people for Christmas next year.

Synopsis (Credit: Goodreads)

A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous break up.

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the real reason why they split at the absolute height of their popularity…until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go-Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Another band getting noticed is The Six, led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

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